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Marvelette Missives – Getting Serious

I am not usually into “serious” superhero comics. Don’t get me wrong, I do read comics that would not be considered “fun” (like Outcast), but when it comes to heroes, I prefer things a little less serious (Deadpool is my favorite character, after all). But there are a couple of books on my pull list that qualify, especially The Ultimates.

Those who know me might be a bit surprised that I enjoy this title enough to buy it by the issue (I read a lot of trades). The Ultimates is a group of science-focused heroes spending the majority of their time in space, who address the “ultimate” problems of the universe. It’s a serious group with a serious mandate. So why do I like it?

First, the characters. When the revamped title was announced last year it caught my eye because Captain Marvel is on the team and she’s in my top five faves. The other members are Black Panther, Ms. America, Spectrum and Blue Marvel. It’s an interesting mix of intellect, powers and personalities.

Second, the problems. Yes, the purpose of the team really is to solve huge problems. The first one they deal with is Galactus and his habit of devouring worlds. Seriously… HUGE problems.

Third, the plot. Al Ewing is a really engaging writer and I like the direction he’s taking the plot. It’s not just a matter of the team solving a problem – he addresses the consequences and repercussions of their actions within the team itself and from the outside.

The Ultimates may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and I’ll admit that it helps to be a Marvel fan who has read some classic storylines and knows the characters. But if the big issue, more serious side of things is what you’re looking for in comics, I would recommend the current run.

Marvelette Missives – Absolutely Marvel-ous

Over the past year I’ve become a fan of the current incarnation of Captain Marvel. Why would I phrase it that way? Well, most people would guess I’m a Marvel fan (don’t look so shocked), so I’m obviously not talking about the DC hero. But the Marvel version has had a half dozen or so folks carrying the mantel. It’s not to say I’m not interested in the earlier Captains, but thus far it’s Carol Danvers who has me hooked. More

Now Geek This: Marvel Movie Madness!

 nowgeekthisIt is a good time to be a Marvel fan.  As a longtime comic book reader, and a huge Marvel fan going back to my childhood days, it has always been a dream of mine to see my favorite Marvel superheroes on the big screen.  For the first half of my life, that dream seemed impossible.  Marvel’s rival, DC comics had a couple of good movies under their belt starring their biggest characters like Superman and Batman, yet Marvel had nothing to offer their fans  but failed attempts or cheesy interpretations of their characters.

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